Bert Sugar (right) with former world middleweight champion Emile Griffith (left) in January 2010
|Born||Herbert Randolph Sugar
June 7, 1937*
|Died||March 25, 2012
Mount Kisco, New York
Cause of death
|Residence||New York City, New York|
|Alma mater||University of Maryland,
University of Michigan
|Years active||1968 – 2012|
|Home town||New York City, New York|
|Awards||International Boxing Hall of Fame, Ellis Island Medal of Honor|
Born in Washington, D.C., Sugar graduated from the University of Maryland. He earned a JD and MBA from the University of Michigan in 1961. After passing the bar exam, he worked in the advertising business in New York City for ten years. During his time in the advertising business, he worked at several different agencies, including J Walter Thompson, PKL and McCann Erickson.
Sugar bought Boxing Illustrated magazine in 1969 and was editor until 1973. From 1979–1983 he was editor and publisher of The Ring. In 1988 he once again began editing Boxing Illustrated. In 1998 he founded Bert Sugar's Fight Game.
Sugar authored over 80 books, mostly on boxing history. Various boxing books that Sugar has written include Great Fights, Bert Sugar on Boxing, 100 Years of Boxing, Sting like a Bee (with José Torres), The Ageless Warrior (Preface, with Mike Fitzgerald) and Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Sugar was called "The Greatest Boxing Writer of the 20th Century" by the International Veterans Boxing Association.
Sugar also appeared in several films playing himself, including Night and the City, The Great White Hype and Rocky Balboa. Interviews with Sugar feature in Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Sugar had been referred to as "Runyonesque" (in reference to Damon Runyon) by Bob Costas, and "one of the foremost historians alive," by the Boston Globe. Along with Lou Albano, he helped write The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling. He wrote a regular sports column for Smoke Magazine, a quarterly cigar lifestyle magazine.
Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in January 2005. In May 2010, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2011, he was featured on The Pentagon Channel's Armed Forces Boxing Championships. Sugar had been scheduled to broadcast the 2012 matches, but his health prevented him from doing so.
Sugar died from cardiac arrest on March 25, 2012. His family was at his bedside at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York. Prior to his death, avid cigar smoker Sugar had spent years battling lung cancer.
- "Iconic Boxing Writer And Historian Bert Sugar Has Died". Newyork.cbslocal.com. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- James B. Roberts, Alexander G. Skutt. The boxing register: International Boxing Hall of Fame official record book. 2006, page 751
- Magno, Paul (March 26, 2012). "Boxing writer Bert Sugar, 75, dies". The Boxing Tribune. msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
- "HBO boxing commentator profile". Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Nemec, David. "Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game (9780762430246): Bert Randolph Sugar, Bruce Curtis: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- Albano, Lou; Sugar, Bert (1999). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling. Alpha Books. ISBN 0028623959.
- Several sources cite Bert Sugar's birth year as 1936, rather than 1937; however, there is no consensus on the matter.